If you are a reader, have you followed a blog tour and commented at each stop? If you have, you might like to visit the goddessfish site and check out the tours currently in progress. There appear to be some really good ones.
What do you think of the idea of blog tours? There's been quite a bit of discussion on a GoodReads.com "Advertising and Promo Tips" group that I'm on. Some authors have tried DIY tours, others have tried professsionally organized (and compensated) tours, and they report mixed experiences.
My friend Sandy Lender (whom I hosted some months ago as part of her tour) reports a very positive experience with her entire tour. Others... not so much.
My guess is that success depends mostly upon the touring author, and a little bit upon her hostess. But also, success can be perceived in different ways. In my opinion the true measure ought to be a spike in sales the day the post goes live. However, the most obvious measure --the one that gets rewarded-- is how many comments are posted.
I'm going to be a tad snarky here. How many blog surfers are motivated to comment by the chance that they might win a $10 Amazon gift certificate? Are you? Is $10 going to cover something I really want, plus the tax and the postage and packing?
In the interests of full disclosure, the hostess with the mostest comments on a tour can win a $15 Amazon gift certificate. More to the point, a hostess is also entitled to a half price (and the goddessfish prices are outstandingly good value, this has to be said) book trailer or banner.
At the moment, I don't need either, but I am planning to do a teaching article on blog tours for http://1stTurningPoint.com So, please do comment on your perceptions of the process!
(By the way, on the 22nd February, I've got a snarky teaching article on http://1stTurningPoint.com about the Google Book Settlement. I'd really appreciate some comments and questions.)
Please come back on Tuesday, Feb 9th to help me welcome my guest blogger, J A Saare author of “Dead, Undead, or Something In Between”.
Here's the blurb that was emailed to me by goddessfish. What intrigued me was the idea of vampire blood as a drug... that and the black humor of the first line.
One bad corpse can ruin your whole day. No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy.She’s left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance; she’s managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her – until now.The deliciously good-looking vampire Disco knows her secret, and when he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, she discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no.But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn’t their first stroll around the undead block.
J A Saare's blog tour starts on Monday 8th. Maybe you'd like to check out how she does right from the start. And, if you comment on every post she makes, you'll certainly improve your chances of winning that $10 Amazon certificate.
The tour dates and contest information can be found here: